Here's some of the more interesting tweets about the latest developments at Mediaworks, including the resignation of CEO Mark Weldon and newsreader Hilary Barry. The most recent tweets are first.
"Please join me in welcoming our new CEO, Julie Christie."
You're off ya face if you think the departure of Mark Weldon is going to make things any better for old media or tv journalism.
Mark Weldon, and this Twitter jubilation, it's like tapping in to what sports people must feel when they win, but for nerds.
The Weldonfreude might be getting a little out of hand.....
Plot twist: Mediaworks bring in a far more ruthless and profit hungry CEO, only ousting Weldon due to having expent all personal capital.
Rumours that TV3 newsroom indulging in a "Ding dong the witch is dead" sing along are entirely unfounded and probably true #Weldon
Tune in to @CheckpointRNZ at five to hear John Campbell report on Weldon's resignation. Watch online to get the full beam smile.
oh my god is newshub going to lead the news with weldon's resignation? Will hilary and mike be able to keep the glee from their voices?
Just when you think the day can't get any worse you're endorsed by Rachel Glucina. #prayformark
I'm definitely going to watch Newshub at 6 tonight, the first ever TV news bulletin where both anchors are intoxicated.
We now know that 3 News missed a trick by renaming itself Newshub and not Newsy McNewsface.
How long till Steven Joyce sends Mark Weldon in to 'fix' Radio NZ..? #nzqt
A total lack of empathy, EQ and self-awareness, delivered with death-stare eyes and a fixation with wine. Mark Weldon was the perfect CEO.
.#NZPol still faces foreign media ownership no charter regs underfunded public media, gallery not policy journos lead politics reporting
So I hear Weldon has stepped out of the way so Trump now has a clean run against Hilary Barry in the election!
weldon is getting leaving drinks except it's everyone celebrating at different bars without him
I've sent champagne to newsroom. Here's to you, 3News. X
Weldon to take over NZ Post. Plans to replace posties with road cops.
I try my best to only say nice things about people. So today silence might be the best option.
Congratulations to all of the brave execs at TV3 who stood up to Weldon and @Hilary_Barry for being the tipping point at great personal cost
Seriously though, they should give Mark Weldon @ScoutNewsNZ as a farewell gift.
Weldon Bizschool BUS101 1 Get CEO job 2 Attack best assets 3 Borrow for new liabilities 4 Destroy shareholder value 5 Get payout 6 Quit
Hilary for CEO. #mediaworks
The #Mediaworks CEO resigned citing "personal cost" - Did he consider how other leavers have felt? Pondering reflexivity and management.
Rachel Glucina @RachelGlucinaNZ
Goodbye Weldon. Don't trip on the ruins you created as you leave.
It's definitely a karma day
did a little yell of joy in montreal. a lady said, "what happened" & i said, "mark weldon resigned". she said "who" & i said "some asshole"
Goodbye Mark Weldon. It's been.. real.
There are literally people hugging each other in the MediaWorks newsroom right now
Previous tweets about Hilary Barry departing TV3
Newshub is losing one of the good ones. Seriously @Hilary_Barry , you'll be missed.
Damn it @Hilary_Barry If some newsreader had to tell me the world was going to end, I'd want it to be you. You'd give it heart & panache.
@Hilary_Barry A class act in every sense.
As a Mediaworkser I am really sad, really very sad, concerned, disturbed, upset and really a bit sad to hear you are leaving @Hilary_Barry.
Hilary Barry is a national treasure & will be so missed. When she cried after the clip package for @JohnJCampbell it was a punch in the [heart]
@Hilary_Barry a consummate professional, with the biggest heart in TV news. I'll always remember your kindness and camaraderie x
Hilary Barry - beside being great at her job and a certified Good Person - was the oldest woman in television news. She's 46 years old.
I feel sorry for all the people who see "Hilary Barry" trending and think that she's dead. She's not dead. TV3 is.
New Zealand has had fewer better newsreaders or journalists than @Hilary_Barry. It's as simple as that.
I'll never forget watching @Hilary_Barry anchoring the ChCh earthquake coverage. Finest bit of TV journalism NZ has ever seen.
Noooo!!! So very sorry that @Hilary_Barry is leaving TV3. I admire her so much.
When your top newsreader, sportscaster, current affairs presenter, and News Director all quit within a year - something is very wrong @TV3nz
Simply the best. @Hilary_Barry
In a field full of dominant, opinionated men @Hilary_Barry has been the elegant intelligent voice in the room & a positive female role model
@Hilary_Barry is one of the very best in the business. She's fierce and funny and a huge loss to our industry. Sad day.
But so looking forward to The @Hilary_Barry Show! Make it so, universe.
Get fuckin Weldon on the phone, the PM has a few choice words about his management style. Useless cunt wasn't sposed to lose Barry.
It's with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that @Hilary_Barry will be leaving us in a month's time. We love you Hilary.
Aargh @Hilary_Barry Very sad to hear you're going, what a loss for TV3
Hilary Barry set to be replaced on TV3 by snackable content.
I can't even begin to thank you for everything you have done @Hilary_Barry. You are one incredible human being. I count myself very lucky x
Here’s some of the more interesting tweets about the announced departure of long-serving Head of News, Mark Jennings (@Dirnews) from TV3 today. Tweets are in reverse-chronological order – ie the most recent tweets are first.
Last few years must have been hell for Mark Jennings. Suprised he stayed so long. Had a lot of respect for him.
Sorry to hear Mark Jennings is leaving TV3 news... he's who tv3 journalists used to complain about me to!
I was one of the hundreds of NZ journalists mentored by Mark Jennings. I'm forever grateful.
I think it's fair to say Mark Jennings probably did more for Maori broadcasting and MTS than any other Pakeha tv exec. Ka nui te mihi e hoa!
Mark Jennings has not died. He's left a job. In an industry that never promises job security. Get a grip
So, um... Is there any more room over at RNZ for terrific news people? #MarkJennings
Mark Jennings was really nice when I met him. I was going through a crisis and he told me it would get worse - exactly what I needed to hear
Jennings Murphy; the best start up global new media consultancy of 2016
Really sad about the departure of Mark Jennings. A journo's journo, a gritty and hugely respected man and leader. The newsroom will miss you
Mark Jennings. I'm kind of lost for words. He is a great journo and a thoroughly excellent person. He'll leave a huge hole x
Ten years ago, Mark Jennings was the first boss I ever asked for a job. He said no. I forgive him. He's the best news boss I've ever had.
When I left tv3 mark Jennings called me a "genius" & "the most intelligent person who ever worked 4 the company." His commitment was 2 truth
Mark Jennings resigns from TV3...a brilliant news brain, the finest of managers and one of my all-time favourite people. Go well, Mark.
TV3's Mark Jennings opened the doors to Māori Television's News dept in 2004 when TVNZ's glass doors remained closed. Nei rā te mihi Mark.
When Mark Jennings was my competition always had deepest respect for his judgment and drive. Sad to see another real news guy leave
Tragic day for TV3. Mark Jennings was a fantastic boss and a great newsman.
Good luck Mark Jennings. An editor who stood his ground, quietly and sincerely, for good journalism.
Boss. Mentor. Friend. Tv3 was lucky to have Mark Jennings for nearly 27 years.
also in regards to mark jennings, i am SUPER HAPPY he can go and chill and put his feet up and watch some boxsets of dope tv shows
Mark Jennings ran a bloody good news operation for a long, long time. Big loss.
i am personally really sad to see mark jennings leave tv3. just wanted to publicly say over my 10 or so years at mediaworks he was the man.
Not a lot of dry eyes in this corner of TV3 today. Couldn't have been happier to work for Mark Jennings & the newsroom he built. True legend
An awful inevitability about mark Jennings departure from mediaworks.
Really sad to see Mark Jennings go. Truly a brilliant man, and a great inspiration to young journos.
I'm sure many people were briefly excited when they heard Mark Jennings was leaving, mistaking him for Mark Weldon
Mark Jennings - inspirational news boss. Taught so many how to make television news. Made 3news what it was. Tough & clear-sighted.
Mark Jennings, best and most influential news manager of his generation, has left MediaWorks. That feels like more than the end of an era.
Alas - @Dirnews Mark Jennings quits Newshub/ Mediaworks. A fine, funny gentleman with grit who outlasted so many rivals at TVNZ.
When I joined @TV3nz in 1989, Mark Jennings was already someone to aspire to. Feels like a punch in the guts. And I don’t even work for him.
Where is someone with the talent and reputation of Mark Jennings going to go now that RNZ has already hired nearly everyone good?
So, so sad about Mark Jennings. One of the best and a flipping lovely man too
Jennings has long clashed with Weldon. He was stuck between unhappy staff while acting with the anti news agenda at the company
Hard to imagine 3News (I mean Newshub) without Mark Jennings - my employers have been down the road with an Aussie news boss - it was bumpy.
Sounds like lots of love for Jennings from ex-news people at 3, not so much for Company and Bosses. #nzmedia
Sorry to hear Mark Jennings is leaving MediaWorks. To me he always stood as a beacon of competence and good judgement.
Even though he made me redundant (although we all know it wasn't actually him) I say hand on heart that Mark Jennings will be very missed.
So sad to hear about Mark Jennings resignation from TV3. A legend and a gentleman.
A great head of news, a leading editor since forever and a top bloke. Go well Mark.
Mark Jennings is leaving Tv3 he offered me a job 15 years ago and kindly agreed to be my mentor. He has been brilliant and will be missed.
Mark Jennings resigns from Head of news and current at Mediaworks. Intense meetings last week, I am told.
Mark Jennings leaving tv3 ;(
...and now Mark Jennings, TV3 News legend has resigned. We were wrong about Christie. But this is a much bigger deal.
Here's some of the most interesting or insightful reactions on Twitter to Andrew Little's State of the Nation speech for Labour - the most recent tweets are first.
Got to give Little credit, free tertiary education is a big, ambitious policy. Something Labour hasn't had since before 2008...
The beauty of the interest free student loan bribe was that it co-opted rather than alienated former students, not just current and future
This is actually brilliant news http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11582567 … Free education post school for 3 yrs in NZ under Labour- Education builds a nation
If History is anything to go by, National will implement a watered down version of today's policy announcement in three years.
Whether you like it or not, Labour's policy certainly meets the 'go big or go home' test.
Can I exchange my $30,000 degree for one of these new free ones?
It appears fiscal responsibility was also given a dispensation to depart from Labour this week.
State of the Nation 2016: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES #sotn16
So for @nzlabour to fully enact their "3 years free uni" they have to win in 2017, 2020 and 2023...
Thoughts on the #sotn16 policy: what about those of us with giant student debt already? Any debt relief?
Labour this is H U G E
@Jess_McAllen finally some *bite*
So I cant use the free education to do my MArts.... Upskilling myself Lot of use Labour.....
So I note there is no talk from @nzlabour about restoring Student Allowance for PG students. Wasn't that one of their major issues?
Labour is back in the game!
Game changer for me.
Oh my god free tertiary education!!! This is huge. Will it apply only to Bachelor level? What about those of us who want to do our Master's?
Labour more desperate than we all thought. Stealing massively expensive InternetMana policy on "free tertiary education" from last election
I guess NZ would have to export a whole lot more to pay for Labour's '05-style tertiary ed bribe. Oh wait - they oppose free trade now too.
3 years of free undergraduate education would be good news for liberal arts, fine arts, design and humanities students / divisions #sotn16
Labour's out of the gate with a banggggggg & it's not even election year!
Bold, future-focused and progressive. Welcome back @nzlabour, I've missed you.
Andrew Little just made a pitch for the Star Wars vote by referencing BB8...
@jo_moir Interesting Labour aligning itself to NZF education policy !! What other policies will they match I wonder?
.@AndrewLittleMP announces higher taxes will fund free sociology BAs for everyone
Labour's tertiary policy: great for potential students - but announcing outside of election year? Seems very strange!
Andrew Little: "WE CANNOT STOP THE MACHINES" #somewhatabridgedStateoftheNation
Labour cares about students, good. It's about time a major political party came to the table for students!
"We get through life, we still respect each other, we still love each other" - Andrew Little on Labour party divisions #sotn16
Gordon Copeland: As It Is - My Time In Parliament and Thoughts For Our Future
Mary Egan Publishing
By Dave Crampton
There is a bit of dirty politics in Gordon Copeland’s book out this month.
The former Labour Party voter, and the United Future and Independent MP, and National Party, Future New Zealand, Kiwi Party and Conservative Party member outlines his vision for New Zealand, and discusses his time in parliament in “As It Is - My Time In Parliament and Thoughts For Our Future.
This book is both a history of the legislative changes which occurred during Copeland’s time in Parliament and a plea for the changes which he believes still need to be made.
It outlines Copeland’s views on prostitution, smacking, gay marriage, civil unions, housing, tax, his bust-up with United Future leader Peter Dunne and betrayal by Destiny’s Brian Tamaki. He supported decriminalisation of homosexuality, and legal rights for same-sex couples, but opposed gay marriage and civil unions.
However the book does not mention the time in 2007 he reportedly missed a vote on the anti-smacking legislation after leaving his party because of its continued support for the bill. He later took issue with media reports that he forgot to vote.
In 1972, Copeland was asked by National to stand for Parliament. He declined. Norman Kirk had a landslide and Copeland hilariously recalls a party at his house with National supporters, one of whom, apparently in shock at the election result sat on Copeland’s wife’s pavlova temporarily placed on the couch, and a couple of other National party members at the party soon confessed to voting Labour.
In 2001 Copeland, a conservative and devout Catholic, joined Future NZ who later merged with Peter Dunne’s United party and called themselves United Future. Copeland stood against current Wellington Mayor and Green candidate Celia Wade Brown in the Rongotai electorate in 2002 and made it into Parliament as a list MP, with seven other United Future MPs, as the party whip.
As a United Future MP, Copeland made some gains, including working with Finance Minister Michael Cullen on the establishment of a Charities Commission, and the adjustment of tax bands to minimise fiscal drag. Copeland, with his expertise on finance and commerce, has firm views on tax – tax most things sums it up – just don’t have a carbon tax and take GST off rates. (He had a member’s bill on the latter but it never passed; he had another on informed consent for abortions but it was never drawn and wouldn’t have passed anyway). He promoted a reduction in company tax and income tax and supports wealth tax, and capital gains taxes.
But, as we all know, things began to change after the anti-smacking legislation. Copeland resigned from United Future in 2007 after Dunne changed his mind, voted for the legislation and turned liberal on the party after losing support in the 2005 election. By that time former MP Marc Alexander had been expelled from the party and Larry Baldock had resigned. Copeland writes, “Peter came to the conclusion that our loss of support was because most of our caucus were Christians. I believe Peter was wrong.” Dunne then called Copeland a “serial nutter”. Accountable in Parliament to no-one, Copeland formed the Kiwi Party with Baldock, which had 500 members in 52 days but turned to custard after an approach with Destiny Church leaders, who said at a press conference that one of them will co-lead the party. Copeland felt betrayed. “My name was not even mentioned. Listening to (the press conference) in my office I felt sick.” Copeland writes.
Copeland has an opinion on most things, including Labour’s future. “If Labour wants a future then they must find ways to reconnect. Forever changing the leader is not going to cut it,” Copeland writes in a chapter dedicated to the topic.
The chapter on housing and home ownership is a good read. Copeland has a range of solutions on how to address inequality caused by housing, including a 50 per cent tax on profit resulting from the sale of land following its rezoning for residential use and a one off 50 per cent GST refund on, say, the first $350,000 or actual cost of building a new home.
Copeland believes politics is an important vocation, since the Government influences and to some extent shapes and affects the lives of us all. As It Is outlines how Copeland believes we can do better, and be better.
Here a selection of some of the more interesting and insightful tweets about the first flag change referendum result. The most recent tweets are first.
In other news, Twitter is not the voice of majority NZ. Hang on, that's not news. WE FOUND THAT OUT IN THE LAST ELECTION! #NZFlag
Lizzie MarvellyVerified account @LizzieMarvelly
It also feels like a slap in the face for Maori. To me anyway. #nzflag
It's like voters don't listen to advice from twitter experts #nzflag
Now, can we get back to more pressing issues - like inequality, poverty, climate change, etc, etc
Looking forward to the union-jack-forever/fuck-John-Key alliance in 2017.
Arise, Sir Kyle Lockwood, Knight Commander of the Order of the Shrubbery, Keeper of the Garnish, Protector of the Clip Art.
Red Peak managed to lock up the votes of urban liberals and as the Greens keep finding out, there's a solid ceiling to that vote
Twitter has reached #peakanger
Jesus Christ, the flag! What arse.
Seriously?THAT is the flag we chose? We're now on course to look like a start up company selling cut price rash suits instead of a country
A binding referendum, even a non-binding govt referendum, has never had such a low turnout http://www.elections.org.nz/voting-system/referenda …
I see Twitter was wrong again.
In hindsight, we probably should've campaigned for a no flag option in the referendum #mynewpreference
Referendum has below 50 percent turnout. Winning flag has below 50 percent of the votes. Yeah, we're not changing flags. #nzflag
So 10% cast a protest #nzflag vote. That's more than NZ First polled in the last election. New campaign idea for Winston?
1.1m people voted for a variation of the silver fern flag on first preference. Similar numbers to what the Nats got in 2014.
Finally a flag to divide a nation. It should work well with the divisive policies of the NZ government. :-( #nzpol
I guess the thing about the worst flag by far winning is that it makes it even easier to vote for the less-shitty status quo
Tactical voting by anti-Lockwood seems to have worked: propelling the black, white and blue #nzflag ahead of the the red, white and blue
10% informals in the flag vote. That's ~10x more than normal. Huge protest vote on top of lowest ever turnout in govt referendum
ugh my country just picked the worst flag this is a country of morons
1.1 million Kiwis voted for a Lockwood #flag design as first preference. Twitter: you are not the voice of NZ. Not even close! Cheer up! :D
Actually, though, that particular Lockwood #nzflag was the one I hated the most. I mean, are the people who voted for it blind?!
Well, that settles it, old flag, you've got this in the bag. #nzflag
I think a big takeaway from #nzflag rd 1 is the ~10% "protest vote". Much higher than in past postal votes, & sign of how rd 2 may go
Only 38% of Eligible Voters bothered to Vote to change the Flag, Referendum 2 is a no brainer!
Number of informal votes in the 2013 SOE referendum - 4167 or 0.3%, Number of informal votes in flag referendum - 148,022 or 9.7 per cent.
Marcus Cook Retweeted David Slack
PLUNKET BEAT YOU TWITTER!! PLUNKET!! HOW DOES THAT TASTE!!
Matthew Hooton Retweeted Patrick Reynolds
What a bunch of wankers #redtriangle supporters turned out to be (and what a tiny minority of NZers)
Some meagre percentage of a minority have chosen the "design" that will be crushed in the 2nd flag vote. Fuck off.
Just say no to fish spines on flags.
148,022 informal votes. In the 2013 citizens initiated referendum on selling state assets, there were 4,167.
Red Peak is dead meat : (
A fine first choice! Though rubbish turnout... Hard to "take the win" with those numbers
Ten times as many NZers like a fern design than the stupid red triangle. A humiliating defeat for the twitterati in first #NZflagreferendum
Interestingly the incredibly boring blue one only overtook the incredibly tacky Weet-bix one on the 3rd count if I'm reading it properly
It's a win for the PM! There will be Moet and ponytail pulling at the Key house tonight! #NZFlag
If you take out the informal votes, turn out for flag vote was only 1.6% lower than asset sales referenda…
Finding out #NZFlag results is like finding out which bridesmaid dress you'll be wearing. There are no good options, only shades of awful.
Here’s some of the more interesting and insightful tweets today about revelations from Jarrod Gilbert about the role of the NZ police in suppressing his attempt to carry out research – see: The police have deemed me unfit to undertake crime research because I know criminals. The tweets are roughly in reverse chronological order (ie the most recent tweets are first), and some have been tidied up to remove repetitive URLs, mentions etc.
BREAKING Police announce they have disarmed a leftie thesis in Lambton Quay
Police media release on @JarrodGilbertNZ research access: Yeah, we did it. So what?
Dr @JarrodGilbertNZ's work is of considerable value to both police and policymakers. Why make it so hard for him to get info?
So @nzpolice can't be straight up with anyone who knows a criminal. Could explain their poor clearance rates.
Watching @nzpolice shoot themselves in the foot today, I'm glad they are not routinely armed
@JarrodGilbertNZ totally support what you do and the great work you have done - this decision is dumb, ignorant and stupid from Police.
This would be unbelievable if it wasn't so utterly believable.
Those in the Police hierarchy who came up with and approved such a policy have shown they're incompatible with democratic government.
The Police actions are contrary to the principles of open government and the Official Information Act and must cease immediately.
White Ribbon Day - NZ Police is REDACTED REDACTED REDACTED
If police don't back down on @JarrodGilbertNZ, perhaps we could all ask our Twitter followers to request their police files? Just a thought.
Prediction: somebody is going to smear @JarrodGilbertNZ real soon. He's going to get the Rashbrooke treatment.
I'm out of town about to present to a conference so largely offline but by goodness Twitter has been a comfort this morning. Thanks so much.
I meet with Jarrod occasionally, and often visit inmates in prison - making me an 'associate' and therefore dodgy?
Incredible column by @JarrodGilbertNZ
I see a fruitful vein of #OIA requests for any journalist who wants to ask them.
Which invites the question: how many other researchers have @nzpolice blacklisted, and what were they working on?
So instead of policy being shaped by the data, its shaped by what the police want. If data doesn't back their policy, @nzpolice will veto it
What's also disturbing about the @nzpolice censorship story is that they're censoring research for govt policy debate
Those who govern and manage the NZ Police should remember it is a PUBLIC SERVICE.
@JarrodGilbertNZ I assume Police will now stop providing information to Courts, Judges, Prisons probation officers etc on same basis??
This story needs shared far & wide. Outrageous assault on academic freedom, research, public discussion by the cops.
Dear @nzpolice every time you do this, it erodes your social licence to operate http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11550680 …
Omg New Zealand Police. In this and in dealing with sexual violence: DO BETTER.
This is an outrageous abuse of power
Ali Ikram Retweeted The Press Newsroom
Went to uni w Jarrod he was the only one of us who knew what he was doing. Trust him he's a doctor!
What are they hiding @JarrodGilbertNZ ?
Is this really happening in modern day N.Z!! Is it police or political interference??
I dont think even Muldoon would block academics to crime data given Muldoon worked to understand the plight of the gangs
Actually conservative Muldoon would have arse carded the Minister AND Commissioner pulling such a stunt
Honestly, what a complete load of cack this Police action is. It would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous.
This is unacceptable in a democracy, @nzpolice, shame on you.
This seems to suggest that @nzpolice don't like evidence, unless it's evidence they've created themselves.
This is a real concern! Are we moving to dictatorship?
This piece by @JarrodGilbertNZ on how police seek to control research is so bloody important. And terrifying.
I disagree with @JarrodGilbertNZ on a lot of things, but Police need reminding they work for us, not vice versa.
hey mr plod; "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" - right?
Its appalling & the implications reach far beyond @JarrodGilbertNZ to almost all areas of social research.
What's the bet @JarrodGilbertNZ gets access to the information today? Suspect there's a bit of scrambling going on in the background
Govt agencies have no right to question how official information will be used by requesters. It's undemocratic
The National govt make a mockery of the Official Information Act. They are possibly the most secretive govt we've had since 1981
@chrishipkins about time the State Services Commissioner pretended he had s backbone
nonsensical that in a democracy with a BOR Act that police would exert such control over academic freedom
Redacted police profile? At a guess - some of those you interviewed were probably being bugged http://bit.ly/21eteKY
I'm glad Twitter is really mad about academics being told the can only be the critic and conscience if it suits. I'm mad about it too.
That is the mark of a Fascist Police Force and Fascist State Mass sackings required starting at the top
This is outrageous.
@JarrodGilbertNZ 's experience of institutional constraints on publicly relevant research - critic & conscience?
Another day, another challenge to #CriticAndConscience or to public good research in NZ ...if the govt don't get it why would the police?
this govt has no regard for academic freedom. Ed act amendments (uni councils) demonstrated that
You don't need to have curfew and armed police on the streets to be a police state, as this shows
Have NZ police gone to the dark side? Crime researcher @JarrodGilbertNZ denied access to records
Thx @JarrodGilbertNZ for exposing the tip of a very large iceberg: chilling effect of govt control of research
Disgraceful censorship and control freakery.......good to go public @JarrodGilbertNZ
Now NZ Police are actively limiting free speech are we surprised after the events of the last seven years - stop this NOW
This is shocking behaviour by police. Unacceptable.
This is appalling censorship, bullying & abuse of power. Universities should jointly and vigorously oppose this.
This is outrageous.
@DavidSlack Everyone should be asking to see their police file.
Disturbing attempt to muzzle academics by NZ Police
This is serious.
This, @JarrodGilbertNZ, is frightening.
NZ Police attempting to control data access, academic research & threatening blacklisting?
The New Zealand Labour Party's 2015 annual conference will be remembered for the various policies that were jettisoned. But the other major trend from the conference is the discernible shift away from social liberalism on display. This was a point that I made this morning on TVNZ's Q+A programme, and so here's a quick elaboration about this point, via a few quick notes (while in transit):
The political left has a problem with rugby in New Zealand, and various leftwing bloggers often outline some of the more negative history and culture associated with the game. Much of this seems somewhat out-dated and puritanical. So here are some brief thoughts about how rugby in 2015 is a very different beast to that of, say, 1981.
This is a collection of some of the more interesting tweets in response to the Police-Westpac controversy over Nicky Hager's banking information. The most recent tweets are first.
Kim Dotcom @KimDotcom
The privacy intrusions in my case and in the case of journalist Nicky Hager have one thing in common. No warrants.
Rangi Kemara @Te_Taipo
@bryce_edwards If Hager loses this case, it will not discourage future Rawsharks exposing corruption, they'll just raw dump data instead.
Richard Meadows @MeadowsRichard
anyone else a wee bit uncomfortable with championing of Hager’s privacy vs glee at Slater’s (stolen) private mail strewn far and wide?
> Lance Wiggs @lancewiggs @MeadowsRichard one was the government and a bank, who we hold to a high standard and we all treat with.
> Thomas Beagle @thomasbeagle @MeadowsRichard I'm happy to apply a "benefit to society" test. I note that Hager (unlike Rawshark) was very careful in what he published.
"... and then they came for Nicky Hager's bank records and we said 'sure, how many copies do you need?'...."
Danyl Mclauchlan @danylmc
But Hager is the govt's enemy. and WestPac's contract with the government is worth billions so they cheerfully handed his data over.
Danyl Mclauchlan @danylmc
If the police said 'We're investigating a major client of yours for fraud, let's see their bank statements' WestPac would NEVER comply
Annabelle Lee @n8tvaffairs
Shame on you Westpac, a disgraceful and disgusting act
Helen Kelly @helenkellyUnion
Our democracy deserves greater respect than Westpac showed Nicky Hager actually.
Alex Coleman @ShakingStick
Keen to see any links to outrage, from the type of persons who like to call themselves 'Classical Liberals', re Hager the cops & Westpac,
John Drinnan @Zagzigger2
@westpacnz PR has head in sand approach answering media questions about handing Hager bank account details to cops #westpac
Edward Snowden @Snowden
Process alone distinguishes police from criminal, yet it was violated to spy on reporters. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/287892/police-obtained-hager-data-without-court-order …
Freedom of the Press @FreedomofPress
Disgraceful treatment of journalist Nicky Hager by New Zealand police, who obtained his data without a court order http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/287892/police-obtained-hager-data-without-court-order …
Iain Lees-Galloway @IainLG
Dear @WestpacNZ, I'm in the process of leaving you anyway but this is the last straw: http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11534242 … @KiwibankNZ here I come!
Giovanni Tiso @gtiso
Anyway, people should be mad at Westpac. But let's not forget the police lied when they told them they were investigating Hager for fraud.
Mr Salteena @saniac
Yeah, the police were just asking, no one had to comply. But there is a difference between when I ask and the police ask, and they know it.
So now Westpac has agreed not to do anything so stupid in future what do we do about a law change? Anyone?
Election Satire @SatireNZ
Hi @WestpacNZ I'd quite like a squizz at John Key's bank records. No reason and no court order, but assume you'll release them anyway?
Well, we found out what it takes to get Matthew Hooton to take Nicky Hager's side.
Chris Eichbaum @ChrisEichbaum
Police got Hager data without court order http://nzh.tw/11534242 via nzherald Been with Westpac for 40 years - that may be about to end.
And remember: its not just Hager. Police do this cute act of "asking" for info routinely.
CHRIS TROTTER @BowalleyRoad
The covert cooperation of powerful institutions. Nicky Hager's treatment by Westpac and Police is a wake-up call for every sentient citizen.
Matthew Hooton @MatthewHootonNZ
It will be deeply ironic when Nicky Hager sues @Westpac @WestpacNZ for breach of privacy but I still hope he does, & wins & gets big damages
Vikram Kumar @vikram_nz
If any company makes a policy (not legal) choice to favour the State over their customer's privacy, just say no
John Key's corruption reaches deep throughout govt agencies.This is appalling. Any NZ who doesn't think so is a fool
Don Christie @normnz
This police response to Hagar's journalism is what I would have expected from the former USSR
Giovanni Tiso @gtiso
Best thing I've come across so far: the police regarded Hager as an uncooperative witness before the raid. Did they seek to speak to him? No
Andrea Vance @avancenz I'm appalled by this and as a @Westpac customer & journalist I want an explanation & assurances